Healthy Eating: Diet or Lifestyle?

This morning at work, I was making my second breakfast for the day and someone asked me what I was eating.  I explained it was berries, oats and non-fat yogurt…a good balanced, lowfat meal.  Is a matter of fact, a very tasty meal.  The response I got was: “You look like you are in shape!  Why do you eat something non-fat?  You don’t have to worry about that!”  Mind you, this wasn’t coming from someone who was overweight.  On contrary, she is somewhat on the ‘extra thin’ side.

This kind of commentary always amazes me.  It tells me that people think that eating healthy means you have to and that you are dieting.  It also shows that people think that if you look good, then you can eat anything you want…you don’t have to worry about good nutrition; and it is only when you don’t look good, that you should be eating healthy.  This couldn’t be further from the truth!  It is a way of living…a lifestyle…a choice:

  1. You are What you Eat: Food is your body and mind’s fuel.  It is your nourishment.  Think about a car and the fuel you use.  If you use cheap, crappy gas and oil in the engine, chances are, it won’t run so smoothly.  However, if you take care of it and fuel it with high quality fuel, it will run more smoothly.  Same goes for you.  In order for you to look good and feel great, you should eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet.   What you put into your body is directly reflected in how you look, how you feel and how much energy you have.  So eating right keeps you in good shape and fine tuned.
  2. It Isn’t about a Diet: If you are already healthy and want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to continue to eat right.  Regardless of your weight, you should always choose healthy food if you want to look and feel your best.  Dieting is old news now.  The idea isn’t to cut calories, it is to replace processed and unnutritious foods with quality food, that provides you with good nutrients and substance.
  3. Freedom of Choice: Lastly, healthy eating should be a choice.  You shouldn’t eat healthy because you have to eat healthy, it should be that you want to eat healthy.   Choosing to eat right is a lifestyle.  It is about optimizing your diet.  It is about sustainable eating.

When my colleague responded with her remark about not needing to eat the way I do, I said, “No I don’t, but I like to…I feel my best when I eat well.”  Regardless of your shape, your size or your weight, choosing to eat well is your right.  Enjoy every minute of it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Has anyone told you that you eat too healthy?

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  • alex d

    Healthy eating means maintaining a nutritious diet. I believe it to be important to every one. I stress a healthy life to my family and friends and I try to show them the benefits to it. I think the greatest benefit most of all is that it makes you feel and look great. If your not eating healthy, then you are not helping your body. You are filling it with what it does not want, instead, help your body out and eat healthy. The turn out is awesome. I have been eating healthy for years and I have never felt better in my life.

  • alex farguson

    Your blog is so informative

  • yvonne


    Love your site!!!! Our health is very important without it we have nothing. It is our greatest asset. We need to stay stress free, exercise, eat healthy, drink plenty of water and pray for a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

  • Laura

    I agree – I have been working out and eating well for awile, and have gotton in shape and thin. Many people don’t seem to understand it s a lifestyle – not giving up everythign and going back! Besides, once yuo eat healthy, you begin to greatly enjoy and preffer these foods, and not even crave the ‘bad’ foods.


    i must confess,its good to always eat a balanced diet,infact every saturdays i join my guidian for a 10km walk so that i can get a good meal at the end of the day,this has always been the tradition,a good meal has always been the reward for a 10km walk on saturdays for me,exciting isn’t it.RALPH from Nigeria.24yrs.

  • Isabelle

    wow, this is getting to be the story of my life!
    I’ve lost 39 pounds since january- using plain old diet and exercise. I’ve got 12lbs left until a healthy BMI, and 31 lbs left to reach my ultimate goal, but i can’t see myslf going back and eating crap again. I haven’t forbid any foods at all, just used moderation. But it grinds my gears when people say “oh, as soon as you’ve lost the rest of your weight, not that you need to, you’re tiny now, you’ll be eating bon bons for a week!”
    i like yogurt, berries and granola for brekkie too!

  • Breakfast

    And I always have breakfast every morning… And guess what? My bodyweight never goes up more than 64kg.
    I feel that if I don’t have breakfast, than the entire day will be a terrible day.

    So I agree to your sentence that I like to have a breakfast.

  • jessica

    Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart”. It’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Paying attention to what you eat and choosing foods that are both nourishing and enjoyable helps support an overall healthy diet. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can jump start your metabolism, and eating the majority of your daily caloric allotment early in the day gives your body time to work those calories off.Eating fresh food is an important part of a healthy diet.Choose non-fat or low-fat dairy products that do not contain rBST (bovine growth hormone).Avoid full-fat dairy products or products from cows treated with rBST.